The Emporium Gazette
Issue 42 -- October 2002

Poetry World ~ Emotions
by Bob Nailor

One of the most classic ways of personal experience expression has been through poetry. If you think for just a few moments, you'll quickly realize the depth of that statement.

Poetry: words, usually placed in syncopated rhythm, are the emotions of the writer. This person is writing from life's experiences. It's true that anyone can write poetry without being familiar with the emotion, but it would reflect this. You've read books where you swiftly realize the author doesn't know the subject: be it location, language or some nuance that only experience would reflect.

To write of love, one must be in love, or have been in love. This also holds true for anger, loneliness, hate, admiration -- every feeling. A person who never has been in love will have a poem that seems hollow and lack that essence which places itself in the limelight.

Poetry is the emotion of personal experience revealed to the reader.

Bob Nailor is author of "The Secret Voice," an Amish-Christian story, "Pangaea, Eden Lost," an adventure story, "Three Steps: The Journeys of Ayrold," a Celtic fantasy, and "2012: Timeline Apocalypse," an end-of-time tale. He is also included in several anthologies and collections. Check his website at

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